You will want to take your dog to the veterinarian if you notice the following symptoms of bladder stones in your dog. The longer the crystals have been in your dog’s bladder the more difficult they will be to treat. You vet will probably run several tests such as urinalysis and x-rays to eliminate any serious underlying problems.
Bladder stones may result from your dog drinking a lot of fluids and urinating frequently as a result. Your dog may even have blood in his urine and his urine may have a foul odor. You dog may urinate a few times after you give him a dose of antibiotics but then will stop urinating.
If your dog has crystals in his bladder and is urinating frequently you can treat him by giving him an antibiotic. This may treat the underlying cause of the crystals but may not eliminate them. Call your vet to rule out any other serious causes. If your vet determines there is nothing serious and the crystals are in fact crystals it would be a good idea to place your dog on antibiotics.
Your dog may have a urinary tract infection (UTI) that can be treated with antibiotics. If your dog does not have a UTI a bladder stone can sometimes block the urethra causing irritation and constipation. This can cause your dog to urinate frequently and attempt to relieve him from this painful experience. If your dog has a bladder stone, it will be painful for him both physically and mentally. He may become lethargic and you may notice behavioral changes in your dog as well.
If your dog does have a stone or a UTI, take him to the vet for proper treatment. Your vet may decide to treat your dog with a special diet that is formulated to dissolve bladder stones. Urinary stones are probably a minor issue and in most cases they should just be treated accordingly. Your vet will advise you of whether to treat your dog or not and you ultimately will not have to make a decision.
However, you may want to do research on the ailments that are most common in your breed of dog. When you find specialized information about your dog’s breed history and habits you can make an informed decision on how to treat him. After all, prevention is the best medicine as they say. Prevention not only will help your dog avoid getting a disease but it will help your dog maintain a perfect overall state of health. After you do research on your dog’s breed and diagnose him properly you will know when to administer appropriate treatment.
Your dog’s fur can also give you a warning of problems that are developing. When your dog’s fur starts to look mottled, which is often the case in elderly dogs or breeds that have been corticosteroid injected for some reason, visit your vet right away. A trip to the vet is the best thing that you can do for your best friend. Your veterinarian will be able to remove the mottling and if the condition continues it may be time to use some disciplinary action, which is a drastic measure at first. Most often this is simply to shave or quarantine the dog from traffic.
A skin scraping is another warning of a problem. If you feel your dog is scratching too much, leaving behind a trail of irritated fur, a skin scraping is the next step. Our dog scratched himself on spray foam rigs for sale till he started bleeding. If you feel your dog is wetting and urinating more than usual this is also a pretty good sign of a chemical imbalance in the dog’s system. This will probably require some sort of supplement.
If your dog is exhibiting any symptoms or signs of illness that you notice, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible. Don’t wait until symptoms worsen or get worse. It is better to be safe than sorry. Don’t jump to conclusions when your dog doesn’t show symptoms for a long time. But do be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate something serious is wrong.
Your veterinarian may perform blood tests, an urinalysis and a urine culture to see what is causing the problem. These are probably the most important steps and most often overlooked. You should see your veterinarian for testing and analysis that can rule out other problems. Don’t delay and get your dog examined. If you delay, your dog may end up with a sub clinical condition that can cause the same signs and symptoms.
This is a very sad fact that many people fail to understand. The health of our pets is closely monitored by large companies that make and sell animals. These companies are there not to make money, but to provide the health needs of an animal that may not be able to fend for itself. In turn, these large companies licensed the use of their products by vets, shelters, animal welfare groups, etc. Many large companies have refused to change their labeling to clearly label their products as chemical preservatives.